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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Valentine's Day Special: Stamping with a Cork and Broccoli Salad Recipe

Let's face it, crafts rock. They can cheer up the gloomiest day. Even the smallest accomplishment can give you a boost when you're feeling low. Or in my case, when you're living through a historic snowfall!

Today I dipped into my basket of recycling supplies and pulled out a champagne cork. I'd wanted to carve them into my own stamps for a while and today was the day!

Here's how:

1. Create a simple template. I used a heart punch. You don't want to get complex!

2. Glue that to the flat edge of your stamp.

3. Use a craft knife and carefully peel away the excess cork. I found it worked best to slice into the outline of the image and then sort of flick away at the cork, pushing the excess AWAY from the design.

4. Sand the flat surface with an emery board or piece of sandpaper.

5. Test your image. You'll see if you need to remove more cork or clean up an edge.

6. Enjoy! I made the hearts that the pandas are holding, and the hearts on the index cards.

Now for the Broccoli Salad:

1 bag of broccoli salad pre-chopped mix from grocery store

1 C. carrots, chopped

1/2 C. shredded cheese (cheddar or Mexican will work)

8 slices of bacon, fried to crispy and cut with kitchen scissors into tiny bits

3 small packages of raisins


1 C. light mayo

1/2 C. sugar

2 T. cider vinegar

Mix all the broccoli, cheese, bacon, raisins and carrots together. Pour 1/2 of the dressing over your mix. Reserve the rest of the dressing for another salad. Enjoy!


Proudmoms said...

Loved the cork stamp. And love what all you did with it. the broccoli salad I've had similar and love it.
That reminds me of the Wendy's copy cat recipe for chicken broccoli wrap. Are those ever good. I don't know where I have the recipe if I ever find it again I'll post it on my FB page.

Joanna Campbell Slan said...

I have a different variation on the same recipe, but this one has a lot fewer calories thanks to the addition of the carrots and using only half the dressing. I would love to see your chicken broccoli wrap!

Jane said...

Thanks for the recipe. I think that I will try making it with splenda instead of sugar.

I loved the photo of you and your dogs.

I look forward to the next book.

a Missouri reader...

Carol H - Fairview Hts, IL said...

Salad sounds yummy! I'll definitely try it. Your dogs are sweet! Looking forward to reading the third book! Happy Valentine's Day to you!

Joanna Campbell Slan said...

Jane, Splenda is a great idea!

Joanna Campbell Slan said...

Carol, this salad is a powerhouse of good things--raisins, broccoli, carrots--and yet it always tastes like dessert to me.

Joanna Campbell Slan said...

A big "shout out" of thanks to Donna Manz at the Vienna (VA) Connection for the photo. Visit them at

Valentines Gifts Philippines said...

Wow! this is so great so cute i will try doing this myself thank you for the ingredients. :)


Joanna Campbell Slan said...

Dear Phillipines, glad you enjoyed it. I had fun making it!